Previously on the blog, I’ve touched on Patanjali’s yoga sutras and walked you through the path the great sage laid out for us. The end of this yogic road is what was call Samadhi in Sanskrit or ‘self-realisation’ or ‘bliss’ in English.
In today’s post, I’d like to explore what living your bliss might mean, and if we’re not currently doing so, how we can shift our lives to get back on course.
Let’s start with this: What does bliss mean?
As yogis, we believe that bliss is when we uncover our true nature or Sat Chit Ananda. Let’s break that down:
- Sat: Being or Truth
- Chit: Consciousness
- Ananda: Bliss or Joy
So, Sat Chit Ananda describes the state of being when our consciousness and beingness integrate and become one. This state is the primordial characteristic of the Universe. The greatest and most profound state of ecstasy that you can ever experience.
Don’t be overwhelmed! I know that this is a big goal, but as yogis, we are walking the path towards Sat Chit Ananda – whether we’re taking leaps or only small steps.
Walking the path
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
It’s not so much the ‘big’ things we do in life that propel us on the path to bliss; rather it’s the things we do every day. It’s these small routines and habits we cultivate are perhaps more integral to reaching states of Sat Chit Ananda.
Rituals and routines
“Forget about FINDING yourself. Go CREATE yourself.”
It’s time for you to take a magnifying glass to your life. Look closely:
- How do you start the day?
- How do you finish the day?
- How do you create a sacred space throughout the day? Internally and externally.
- What habits are your daily habits?
- What are your core values?
Now, take inspiration from others:
- Who inspires you?
- What do you think their personal rituals and routines would include?
I suggest you don’t just think about your answers to these questions, but you explore them on paper or in your journal. Getting your thoughts out and onto paper is remarkably beneficial.
Next, let’s figure out what things you might need to let go of or add into your life to put you back onto your path to bliss.
Ask yourself this: If you were the brightest version of yourself what would your thoughts, words, actions, habits and values include?
Spend some time contemplating this question, write down your thoughts and let them percolate for a few days.
Execution is crucial
“It’s better to follow your own path imperfectly than it is to follow someone else’s perfectly. ”
– the Bhagavad Gita
Knowing what you want to change in your life is powerful. Implementing these changes is even more critical.
It’s time to put plans in place. They might be significant changes or baby steps (but, aren’t those the most magical anyway?). A small way to make a big impact is to introduce a mantra or affirmation to your daily routine.
What mantra or positive affirmation could you repeat to yourself to create this state (bliss) within yourself on a daily basis?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this post and what changes you might be making to your life to get closer to your own brand of bliss. Let me know on Instagram.